This is one of the earliest post-card views of Bere Regis. The shop at the right was then a saddler, and no doubt obtained work from the Royal Oak public house at the left of the picture, which advertises "Good Stabling". A sign projecting from Beminster's Stores, obscured in this view, advertises Pratt's Spirit, while outside that shop's entrance is a pile of horse droppings probably left during a delivery of goods there. In the top-right dormer window of the Royal Oak someone is pulling back the curtain to watch the photographer!
Mr & Mrs Coles bungalow which had a sweet shop with a garage at the back. They also ran a taxi service.To make a welcome change, the spot occupied by this building in the 1980's, is now a grassy knoll with trees planted on it.